Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2964 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we are back to the high 20s – middle 30s but not suffering wildfires like British Columbia, Alberta, and Northern Ontario.
Virgilius, still at full trickiness, a lower than usual anagram count, one lurker, one homophone, and one clue that is very similar to one in yesterday’s prize puzzle.
Stand out favourite – 9d (but not in the hints), with 2d trailing in second place.
Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in red at the bottom of the hints!
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow:
8a Endlessly arid zone as part of US (7)
The concatenation of three words in the clue after their last letters have been removed (endlessly).
12a Philosopher inserting line in page, odd selection for author (5)
The single letter for page and the odd letters of author (odd selection for) containing (inserting) the single letter for line.
13a Central character in broadcast, as heard on radio (5)
The phonetic form (as heard on radio) of the central character of broadcast.
17a Be encouraging about time in office, short for politician (7,8)
Lego time – A single word for be encouraging containing a single word for time in (royal) office and a synonym of short.
(A month or so ago, the illustration might have been much more recognisable.)
19a Said to include section of round-the-world trip (7)
A synonym of said containing (to include) a single word for section of.
26a Cronies, having performed turn, remain for comedy act (9)
A synonym of cronies reversed (having performed turn) followed by a synonym of remain.
28a Alternative to case contributing to foolish old allegations (7)
The lurker (contributing to) found in the last three words of the clue.
1d Song and dance followed by commercial (6)
A formal dance event followed by an abbreviated synonym for commercial.
2d Remarkable as fish may be, unlike whales or dolphins (8)
The answer is a synonym of the definition that can apply (may be) to fish but not to whales or dolphins.
6d Part of hand that has slippery skin (6)
The fruit that has the collective noun of hand.
7d Part-time judge has request again about start of case (8)
A term that means to request again containing (about) the first letter (start of) Case.
15d Unfriendly when embracing cute person in immature way (10)
A synonym for unfriendly containing (when embracing) a single word for cute (female) person.
17d Dancing skill possibly OK for covering tango requirement (8)
An anagram (possibly) of OK FOR containing (covering) a (numerical) requirement to be able to tango.
18d After short voyage North with one parent, land in Caribbean (8)
A synonym of voyage with the last letter removed (short), the single letter for North, the letter that is used for one, and a parent.
23d German musical family‘s group losing heart (4)
A synonym of group with the middle letter (heart) removed (losing).
25d Nelson, for example, in part of ship (4)
A double definition – the first might have been described by Kent Walton.
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Mark Knopfler, OBE is 69 today. This is Going Home from his solo sound track album for the film Local Hero part of a live concert A Night In London recorded at the BBC in April 1996:
For the complete concert, play this: